5 Critical Soc. Pol'y 4 (1985)

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Notes on this issue

Issue 13 has been published slightly later than usual. In order to have the issue
we wanted the collective decided to defer publication until after our annual
conference which took place from 19th to 21st of April in London. The
conference attracted around 400 people and was deemed a success by those
who attended. We hope that some of the papers contributed will be written-
up for publication in future issues of the journal.
  In the current issue two of the articles address the structural racism of the
welfare state. In Race, empire and the welfare state, Sidney Jacobs argues
that views of white superiority from the 'age of empire' were built into the
welfare state from the beginning. Council housing was never intended for
immigrants and the racism in current provision is not an accident of faulty
allocation procedures but the logical outcome of the racist beliefs at the core
of the welfare state.
   Steve Cohen, in Anti-semitism, immigration controls and the welfare state
locates contemporary racism in the context of anti-semitism pursued by both
left and right at the turn of the century. The exclusion of Jewish immigrants
from welfare benefits consolidated in the 1905 Aliens Act set the ground for
contemporary attacks on black immigrants.
  Housing, class and health, by the Health Care Research Team at Durham
University is something of a departure from the usual run of articles
published by CSP. After lengthy discussion the collective decided that it was
important to publish an article which attempted to set out the problems of
doing socialist research and felt that it would be of interest to a wider
audience than methodologists alone.
   In Socialist security, Pete Alcock takes a timely look at the various
proposals for social security reform and sets out some suggestions for a
socialist response. The collective would welcome responses and contributions
in this area.
   The Struggles in the welfare state section carries accounts of the campaign
to save Croxteth Comprehensive and the important role played by local
working class organisations in the struggle, and the way in which YTS
schemes continue to ghettoise women trainees into traditional female
occupational training.
   In the Commentary on social policy section Nigel Parton argues that if we
 are to make sense of contemporary debates about child care we must funda-
 mentally rethink the day-to-day relationship between the family and the
 state. In Let them eat cake, Tim Lang argues that the popular middle class
 concern about the over-consumption of sugar, fat etc, hides the very real
 problem of underconsumption and lack of nutrition in the diet of many
 people currently living on low incomes or in poverty. In Watching thepolice,
 Tony Jefferson and Jan Smith argue that the nature of police monitoring
 organisations is crucial and stress the need for community support and parti-
 cipation in any moves to make the police democratically accountable.

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